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C2 Proficiency 2021

By Cambridge Assessment English, Cambridge (UK)

Exam Mode

Online/Offline

Application Process

Offline

Exam Level

International

Overview
  • Cambridge Assessment English established in 1913, is part of the University of Cambridge.
  • Cambridge Assessment English develop and produce the most valuable range of qualifications for learners and teachers of English in the world.
  • Over 5 million people in various countries take their exams every year.
  • Around the world over 20,000 universities, employers, government ministries and other organisations accept their exams and qualifications as proof of English language ability.
  • Cambridge English exams are backed by the work of the largest dedicated research team of any English language test provider.
  • Most universities and colleges that offer admissions to international students hailing from countries where English is not the first language have specific English language proficiency requirements.
  • C2 Proficiency, formerly known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) is one of the Cambridge English Qualifications.
  • It is the highest-level qualification – proof that test takers are highly competent speakers of English.
  • A C2 Proficiency qualification shows the world that they have mastered English to an exceptional level.
  • It proves that they can communicate with the fluency and sophistication of a highly competent English speaker.

Exam Highlights

Exam Level

Multi-national

Medium of Instruction

English

Exam Mode

Online / Offline

Exam Duration

About 4 hours:

  • Reading and Use of English: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Writing: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Listening: 40 minutes
  • Speaking: 16 minutes

Type of Questions

  • Multiple Choice Questions
  • Descriptive Questions
  • Verbal Questions

Exam Frequency

Periodically (1-3 times a month)

Official Website

https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/proficiency/

 

Application Details
  • Find an exam centre
    • To take Cambridge English exam, candidates will need to register directly with an authorized exam centre.
    • The exam centres will give candidates more information about Cambridge English exams, how much they cost and how they can prepare for their exam.
  • Book exam
    • Once candidates have found a local exam centre they will need to book their exam with them.
    • Exam dates are available throughout the year and candidates can choose whether they take their exam on a computer or on paper.
Analysis

The experts of Edunews have studied the question paper of C2 Proficiency, keeping in view the pattern, questions, parts and content; and offered comments which can be regarded as tips to the test takers.

Reading: Test takers have to complete the given task / answer the questions under each part, keeping in view the time allotted for the purpose and also the length in terms of words.

Part 1: Questions have been asked on a given passage with 8 fill in the blanks and candidates are required to fill such blanks using A, B, C or D.

Part 2: Questions have also been raised on a text with 8 fill in the blanks at appropriate places. The candidates have to use their own word and fill it in the blanks given.

Part 3: A text is given with fill in the blanks which candidates need to be fill up with the hint stated in capital letters.

Part 4: Candidates find 6 statements so as to enable them to fill in the blank given under each statement. In this case, candidates have to fill the blank in three-eight words without changing the given word.

Part 5: Candidates can observe an extract from a novel followed by multiple answers under each poser, total 6 posers. Candidates have to be very diligent in selecting the appropriate answer for which they are advised to read the extract carefully and bring out the right answer to such poser.

Part 6: Candidates find 7 extracts from an article. At the end, the examiner has made an attempt to come out with 8 alternatives relating to the article, out of which candidates have to identify any 7 tactfully and fit it into the appropriate blanks so that the gaps can be filled.

Part 7: Candidates come across 5 extracts (A-E) from a book on photography under which they have to answer 10 questions. The candidates have to tactfully identify the appropriate extract and fit into the blanks given under each statement, as per the instructions.

Here the candidates have to be very careful while pronouncing the answer, as even a small mistake might become a negative factor. The level of questions is challenging.

Writing: In this paper, as already stated in the pattern, candidates find two parts – part 1 is to be mandatorily attempted by the candidates while in part 2, one can attended out of 4 questions.

In part 1, one topic has been identified in one question and the candidates have to develop an essay emphasizing on the topic in their own words. Further they have to justify clearly about the significance of the topic by highlighting the ill effects of the digital advertisement which ultimately affect the children or vulnerable adults.

In part 2, candidates have to answer any one of 4 given in the question paper. They can focus either on report, review or letter (questions 2-4) which can give proper justification to the person who can decide about the request. Whereas in question 5, candidates have to answer an article or report based on the situation given.

The level of questions is blended with moderate to difficult. The candidates are advised to be very cautious while writing.

Listening: Candidates have to hear different extracts based on which they have to answer the questions. As already stated in the pattern, listening has 4 parts by which the examiner testifies the candidates. Examinee hears each piece of voice twice and answers the questions accordingly.

In part 1, there are 3 extracts having 2 questions each. Candidates have to hear each extract carefully and answer the questions appropriately by using A, B or C.

In part 2, candidates have to hear what the other person has been talking. They have to fill 8 blanks to complete the sentence for which they can use a word or a short phrase.

In part 3, candidates listen to a discussion of 2 persons about their profession. Under this part, examinee can find 5 questions with multiple choices and have to select the best which can fit into each question.

In part 4, candidates listen to 5 short extracts in which group of people are talking about taking a gap from studies and its ill effects on business. Further they find two tasks. In both the tasks, 8 questions have been raised and candidates have to give proper reason why the people in the group take a gap for studies.

The level of questions is challenging as they have to perform within the time limit besides barriers to communcation.

Speaking: There are 3 parts under which the examiners testify the speaking ability of examinees.

In part 1, it is in the form of an interview.

In part 2, candidates have to focus on pictures and speak about it. Then examinee have to discuss amongst one or two other examinees and at the end, they have to arrive at a decision.

In part 3, examinees have to discuss the topics relating to part 2 on various dimensions with proper justification wherever required.

The level of questions is difficult.

The experts therefore opine that the question paper of C2 Proficiency looks to be challenging. Therefore candidates are advised to be very meticulous while reading, listening, writing and speaking. Further they are advised to refer e-resources published by the exam conducting authority, understand do’s and don’ts under each part set out in the exam pattern, prepare themselves well and face the exam with confidence.

Dates
  • Candidates take the Reading, Writing and Listening papers on the same day.
  • Their centre will arrange the date for their Speaking test.
  • They will take this test up to several days before or after the other papers.
  • For more information, they may contact their centre.
  • Candidates may note that not all centres offer C2 Proficiency on all of these dates.
  • Therefore they should contact their centre to find out which dates they offer.

Month

Paper-based

Computer-based

February

 

29 Saturday

March

7 Saturday

 

May

9 Saturday
17 Sunday

22 Friday

June

12 Friday

 

July

 

11 Saturday

November

28 Saturday

21 Saturday

December

3 Thursday
6 Sunday

 
Eligibility
  • The test can be taken by anyone
  • It is especially beneficial for students looking to pursue their higher education from educational institutions in native English speaking countries.
  • For professionals looking to develop a career abroad, particularly in fields where communication is important, CPE can be very helpful is securing jobs and progressing therein. 
Cut-Off
  • The table given hereunder helps candidates to make out the eligibility for receiving certificates:

Cambridge English Scale Score

Grade

CEFR level

220–230

Grade A

C2

213–219

Grade B

C2

200–212

Grade C

C2

180–199

Level C1

C1

  • Candidates may be asked to achieve a specific score or grade, either overall or for a particular skill depending on which university, college or organisation they are applying to.
  • The exam is targeted at Level C2 of the CEFR.
  • The examination also provides reliable assessment at the level below C2 (Level C1).
  • Scores between 162 and 179 are also reported for C2 Proficiency.
  • Candidates will not receive a certificate, but their Cambridge English Scale score will be shown on their Statement of Results.
Centres
  • Candidates take the Reading, Writing and Listening papers on the same day.
  • Their centre will arrange the date for their Speaking test.
  • They will take this test up to several days before or after the other papers.
  • For more information, they may contact their centre.
  • Candidates may note that not all centres offer C2 Proficiency on all of these dates.
  • Therefore they should contact their centre to find out which dates they offer.
Results
  • C2 Proficiency results are reported on the Cambridge English Scale.
  • Candidates will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and use of English, giving them a clear understanding of their performance.
  • These five scores are averaged to give them an overall result for the exam.
  • Candidates will also be given a grade and Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level.

When will I get my C2 Proficiency Statement of Results?

  • All candidates receive a Statement of Results, and if they are successful in the exam they will also receive a certificate, but not otherwise.
  • Statement of Results will be released online, approximately four to six weeks after the exam for paper-based exams, and two to three weeks after the exam for computer-based exams.

Details on Statement of Results

  • Your Statement of Results contains the following information:
    • Candidate score on the Cambridge English Scale for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and use of English
    • Their score on the Cambridge English Scale for the overall exam
    • Their grade (A, B, C, Level C1) for the overall exam
    • Their CEFR level for the overall exam.

When will I get my C2 Proficiency certificate?

  • Cambridge Assessment English send candidate’s certificate to their exam centre about three weeks after results are available.
  • The exam centre then sends it on to the candidate.
    • If candidates took a paper-based exam, their certificate will be sent to their centre seven to nine weeks after the date of their exam.
    • If candidates took a computer-based exam, their certificate will be sent to their centre five to six weeks after their exam date

Replacing damaged certificates

  • Where a certificate is damaged in transit to a candidate, Cambridge Assessment English will only issue a duplicate copy under the following conditions:
    • The original certificate is returned.
    • The appropriate fee is paid. This service is free if the application is made within six months of the certificate being issued by Cambridge English.
    • The application is made less than five years from the certificate being issued.
    • After this time, the candidate may only apply for a certifying statement.

Replacing lost certificates

  • Where a certificate is lost between the centre and the candidate, Cambridge English will issue a duplicate copy provided that:
    • an application for a replacement certificate is made in writing by the centre of entry within 12 months of the exam date
    • the examination centre has attempted to trace the certificate via the postal system
    • it is more than six months since the exam date.
  • Cambridge Assessment English can only supply a replacement certificate up to 12 months after the exam date.
  • After this time, the candidate may only apply for a certifying statement.
  • Candidates who have lost their certificate may only apply for a certifying statement; a replacement certificate will not be issued.

Note: replacement certificates and certifying statements can only be issued in the name of the candidate at the time the award was made.

Results Verification Service

  • Candidates who do not have their certificate and need to provide proof of their examination result to immigration and other government agencies, educational institutions or employers should refer them to the online Results Verification Service.
  • They must provide them with two piecesof information:
    • their ID Number(a sequence of nine letters and numbers)
    • their Secret Number(a four-digit number).
  • Both of these pieces of information can be found on the Confirmation of Entry. This is sent to candidates when they register for their exam. 
  • If a candidate has lost their Confirmation of Entry, they must contact their examination centre.
  • There is no charge for using the Results Verification Service.

Applying for a certifying statement

  • A certifying statement is a document which is accepted by universities and other institutions as proof of the examination result.
  • Certifying statements can be requested by the candidate or by the candidate`s centre of entry.
  • Certifying statements requested by third parties must have written permission from the candidate.
  • These can be sent, either directly to the candidate or to any public institution. 
  • Cambridge Assessment English can accept payment by invoice (centres only) or credit card (Visa or MasterCard).
  • The exam conducting authority does not accept American Express or Diners Club.
  • The authority’s online forms will ask for all mandatory fields to be completed and will automatically calculate the appropriate fee required.
  • When the form has been submitted, the applicant will receive a confirmation that their application form has been received including a unique reference number.

Enquiries and Appeals

  • If a candidate believes that their exam result is not fair, they must contact their examination centre immediately.
  • Their centre can then ask Cambridge English for an Enquiryor an Appeal.
  1. Enquiries procedure
    • Results Enquiries must be submitted by the examination centre on behalf of the candidate.
    • The following Results Enquiry stages are available:

Stage

What is the
enquiry process?

How long
does it take?

What does
it cost?

 1

A full clerical re-check

Within five working days of receiving the request

Candidates refer to centre for fee

2

A re-mark of written papers (including review of the Listening paper where relevant, but does not apply to any Speaking test component). This excludes A2 Key and A2 Key for Schools

The outcome of the enquiry will be sent within three weeks

Fee depends on the exam – candidates refer to centre

    • Requesting a Stage 2 enquiry
      • To request a Stage 2 enquiry, a candidate must have completed Stage 1 and received their results.
      • Should a result enquiry lead to a grade change, Cambridge English will request the return of the original certificate if applicable.
      • These should be returned to the address shown in the submission notes and proof of posting is strongly recommended.
    • Final dates for enquiries
      • Each exam has two deadline dates for receiving Result Enquiries:
        • The first is the date by which an enquiry must be submitted if a Stage 2 re-mark is required.
        • The second is the final date for all enquiries for that examination.
    • The exam conducting authority would advise all candidates considering making an enquiry to contact their examination centre within 14 days of the result release date to discuss the Results Enquiry procedure.
    • Where an enquiry leads to a change of result, any Result Enquiry fee will be refunded.
    • If candidates are not satisfied with the outcome of the Result Enquiry process, they are entitled to request a formal appeal against their result.
  1. Appeals Procedure
    • Cambridge Assessment English provides a service to enable examination centres and candidates to appeal against decisions that affect grades awarded to candidates (e.g. decisions relating to centre closures, results outcomes, malpractice, special consideration and administration).
    • The appeals procedure is not concerned with making judgments about candidates` work in the examination; an appeal will not involve re-marking or re-assessment of a candidate`s work, although further re-marking might be commissioned as a result of an appeal if it is found that procedures have not been satisfactorily followed.
    • Where the outcome of an appeal brings into question the accuracy of grades awarded in an assessment, Cambridge Assessment English will take all reasonable steps to identify any other candidate who may have been affected and wherever possible correct or mitigate the error.
    • Where the outcome of an appeal results in the discovery of a failure in one of our processes or systems, the authority will review the relevant process or system and take all reasonable steps to ensure that the failure does not happen again.
      • Conditions of appeal: Cambridge Assessment English will consider an appeal only if the following conditions are met:
        • The appeal is submitted in writing by the Centre Exams Manager clearly outlining the grounds upon which the appeal is being submitted.
        • The appeal is submitted within 21 daysof the receipt of the relevant decision.
        • Appellants must submit a completed appeals application form and make payment to the Centre Exams Manager before the end of the 21-day period.
        • Appeals will not be accepted without payment.
      • An appeal against a result may not be submitted unless both stages 1 and 2 of the Results Enquiry process have taken place first. (This condition does not apply to appeals against decisions relating to malpractice.)
  1. Charges:
    • There will be a charge for the submission of an appeal at both Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the procedure.
    • This charge will be refunded in full if the appeal is upheld.
    • Candidates may contact the centre for information about fees.
  2. Appeals procedure: Pre-Appeal Process
    • The written evidence relating to the case will be reviewed by senior staff from Cambridge Assessment English.
    • The purpose of the initial consideration is to decide whether any further work relating to the appeal should be authorized (e.g. re-marking of additional exam materials; gathering of additional evidence).
    • In case the decision is upheld, such decision will be communicated the centre/candidate will be notified and the appeal fee will be refunded.
    • For all other cases the appeal will proceed to Stage 1 of the procedure.
    • Appeals Procedure: Stage 1
      • The written evidence relating to the case will be considered by an independent authority.
      • Appellants will be notified in writing of the outcome of stage 1, including the outcome of any further work authorized, within 10 weeks of submission.
    • Appeals procedure: Stage 2
      • Appellants remaining dissatisfied may have their case considered in full by the Cambridge Assessment English Appeals Committee.
      • The Appeals Committee includes the Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment English or senior staff nominated by them and at least one member who is not and has not been a member of the board or committees for UCLES/Cambridge Assessment English, or an UCLES/Cambridge Assessment English employee or examiner at any time during the previous seven years.
      • Formal applications for an appeal to be considered by the Appeals Committee should be made by the Centre Exams Manager within 14 daysof the receipt of the outcome of the first stage appeal.
      • Appellants have the right to present their case in person to the Appeals Committee and they will be notified in writing of the outcome of their appeal within 10 weeks of submission.
      • Consideration of an appeal by the Appeals Committee concludes the Cambridge Assessment English appeals procedure.
  1. Appeals resulting in a change of decision
    • The outcome of an appeal may be a confirmation of the original decision or an overturning of this decision which may, in turn, lead to the award of a higher grade, a lower grade, or no grade change or to the award of a grade where no previous grade was awarded.
    • Where an appeal leads to a change of syllabus grade or the award of a grade where no grade was previously awarded, any Results Enquiry and Appeals fees will be refunded in full, and an amended Statement of Results and Certificate will be issued.
Admit Card
  • The exam conducting authority do not issue admit card to the candidates.
  • The registration of the candidate in the concerned center of C2 Proficiency will be confirmed by the exam conducting authority which may be termed as Confirmation of Entry.
  • Confirmation of Entry contains the following details:
    • Personal Details
    • Each part of your exam (dates, times and venues).
    • ID Number (a sequence of nine letters and numbers)
    • Secret Number (a four-digit number).
  • This is sent to candidates when they register for their exam. 
  • If a candidate has lost their Confirmation of Entry, they must contact their examination centre.

Exam Day Tips

  1. Computer Based Test:
    • Before the exam:
      • Register for the Online Results Service using Candidate ID and Candidate Reference Number from Confirmation of Entry.
      • Check the date, time and address of the exam.
      • The exam centre will send this information to the candidates.
      • If in case candidates have any questions, they can contact their centre before the exam day.
      • Reach the exam center early to avoid confusion.
      • Candidates cannot bring their mobile phone/ electronic items inside the exam room.
      • The exam centre will tell candidates if they can store their electronic items securely.
      • If they can’t, candidates should consider leaving their electronic items at home.
    • What to bring to the exam:
      • Candidates must their identification (ID), for example a passport or national ID card.
      • It must be the original document with candidate photo and it must be valid on the day of their exam.
      • Candidates shall carry pens and pencils with erasers.
      • Exam centre will give the candidates extra pens and pencils if required.
      • Candidates are not to bring food or drink to their desk in the exam room (apart from a clear plastic bottle of water).
      • They cannot bring their bag to their desk or keep their mobile phone/electronic items inside the exam room.
      • The exam centre will tell the candidates what to do with their belongings.
    • On the exam day:
      • There is a timer on the screen. Candidates must keep their photo ID ready for checking.
      • They cannot access your mobile phone/ electronic items for the duration of the exam.
      • The exam centre will take candidate photo for B2 First, C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency exams.
      • Candidates are advised to listen carefully to the instructions which the invigilator will read out and make sure that they follow the instructions on their screen.
      • If candidates have any questions, need help or want to leave the room, they can raise their hand to seek assistance.
      • They are prohibited from talking to other people, or try to see what they are typing.
      • For the Listening test, candidates must raise their hand immediately if they cannot hear the recording.
    • At the end of each test:
      • If candidates have used paper for notes, they must leave the paper on their desk.
      • Candidates are advised to stay in their seat until the invigilator tells them to leave the room.
      • If they have any questions or problems, seek clarification from the invigilator immediately.
      • If candidates have registered for Online Results Service, an email will be sent to them as soon as your results are released.
  1. Paper Based Test:
    • Before the exam:
      • Register for the Online Results Service using Candidate ID and Candidate Reference Number from Confirmation of Entry.
      • Check the date, time and address of the exam.
      • The exam centre will send this information to the candidates.
      • If in case candidates have any questions, they can contact their centre before the exam day.
      • Reach the exam center early to avoid confusion.
      • Candidates cannot bring their mobile phone/ electronic items inside the exam room.
      • The exam centre will tell candidates if they can store their electronic items securely.
      • If they can’t, candidates should consider leaving their electronic items at home.
    • What to bring to the exam:
      • Candidates must their identification (ID), for example a passport or national ID card.
      • It must be the original document with candidate photo and it must be valid on the day of their exam.
      • Candidates shall carry pens and pencils with erasers.
      • Exam centre will give the candidates extra pens and pencils if required.
      • Candidates are not to bring food or drink to their desk in the exam room (apart from a clear plastic bottle of water).
      • They cannot bring their bag to their desk or keep their mobile phone/electronic items inside the exam room.
      • The exam centre will tell the candidates what to do with their belongings.
    • On the exam day:
      • There will be a clock or timer in the exam room.
      • Candidates must keep their photo ID ready for checking.
      • They cannot access your mobile phone/ electronic items for the duration of the exam.
      • The exam centre will take candidate photo for B2 First, C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency exams.
      • Candidates are advised to listen carefully to the instructions which the invigilator will read out and make sure that they follow the instructions on their screen.
      • If candidates have any questions, need help or want to leave the room, they can raise their hand to seek assistance.
      • They are prohibited from talking to other people, or try to see what they are writing during the exam.
      • For the Listening test, candidates must raise their hand immediately if they cannot hear the recording.
    • At the end of each test:
      • Candidates should stop writing immediately when the invigilator announces.
      • They must give all papers to the invigilator, including question papers, answer sheets, notes, etc.
      • Candidates are advised to stay in their seat until the invigilator tells them to leave the room.
      • If they have any questions or problems, seek clarification from the invigilator immediately.
      • If candidates have registered for Online Results Service, an email will be sent to them as soon as your results are released.

 

Contact-Info

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